Jail for footballer's stalker

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A woman who stalked Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family has been handed a 10-week prison sentence.

38-year old Sussane Ibru from south London made several round trips of 400 miles last year to the home of the England defender and former captain in Alderley Edge in the north-west of England.

The BBC cited Judge Nicholas Sanders’s concern for Ibru’s behaviour while she was in custody. He said:

“The pre-sentence report describes you as living in a fantasy world, unable to interpret social situations and boundaries. You display a predatory and manipulative lifestyle and try to deliberately mislead interviewers.”

Ibru, who was also given a 10-year restraining order, said she would appeal against the sentence. Last month she was convicted in her absence of harassing Ferdinand, because she had fled the court during a lunch break.

She then spat in a policeman’s face when he arrested her the following day.

The 32-year-old Ferdinand, a member of the England football squad in three different World Cups, said Ibru appeared at his door three times. He said the incidents left him angry and that he feared for the safety of himself, his wife and three children.

By Ali Sheikholeslami
London Correspondent